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Learn Something New Everyday

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G’ morning, ladies (& gentleman?) You know, I conside myself a fairly educated individual as far as health and nutrition, mainly because I read about it all the time.  I didn’t think I was going to get much out of the whole “Thrive In 30” program, to be totally honest.  Not because I know it ALL, but because I thought it was to teach people who don’t know the basics how to eat…you know, the typical “eat your fruits and vegetables” deal.

Then, I read yesterday’s lesson.  Sure, I knew that these foods were good for you, but what I didn’t know was that our pH levels were so pertinant to our overall bodily functions!

The good news?   You can incorporate all kinds of foods into your diet to enhance your pH levels Check it out:

Good thing I’m in love with most of these foods!  I eat them on a daily basis, actually (:

Here are some foods you’ll want to minimize in your diet:

One thing from this list that really stuck out at me, was whey protein!  Many of the other foods, I rarely eat, so they wouldn’t affect me too much, but I have at least one whey protein shake per day!  And PEANUT flour.  Daily need.  Oh yeah, and prescription drugs.  Levothyroxine for my thyroid function!  Yikes.

Anyway, now that I’m back from the weekend at the beach, here’s what I’ve doing & eating:

Basketball open gyms are a once-a-week occurance on Tuesday nights at my Alumni.  I love going back to play, and it’s cool that we can make it a family affair now, since my Dad is an assistant coach & my youngest sister will be a freshman!

I love that the sun doesn’t set until after 8pm this time of year.  Long, summer days are going to come to an end way too quickly for my taste <3

On days that I don’t have basketball scheduled, you can find me at the YMCA slaving away on the elliptical.  I’ve been starting to run on the treadmill again at the beginning of my workout, just to do some intervals and get my heart rate up.  Then Jarid comes to meet me and we do abs together. 

We usually end with a nice little stroll around the neighborhood, which in my opinion is the perfect cool down. 

I don’t like to workout on a full stomach, so lately, I’ve been roasting veggies before I leave, refrigerating them, and then chowing down when I walk in the door.  This batch was zucchini, orange peppers, green beans, broccoli, and onions sprayed with PAM and roasted for about 35 min at 530º sprinkled with salt, pepper, and onion & herb Mrs. Dash.

One last thing that I can’t get enough of right now is VitaminWater Zero – Squeezed.  It’s like the perfect summertime drink.  Sweet lemonade <3  I could sip on these ALL day…

Jarid is leaving me for the weekend.  I’m not sure what I’m going to occupy my time with…any suggestions?  I think a friend & I might go see a movie or something Saturday night…I’ll also be in attendance at the Phillies game tomorrow night! (:

Okay, Three Question Thursday:

1. What’s your favorite chain restaurant & what do you like to order there?
I’d have to go with Ruby Tuesday’s.  Bangin’ salad bar.

 2. What’s your go-to zero calorie drink of choice?
(see above :))

3. What’s your favorite workout these days? Sports?  Yoga? Running?

I’d have to go with basketball.

XO.

What Drives You?

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Today, I found the motivation I needed to wake up early in this chicky’s pancake recipe.  I would make these everyday if I had an endless supply of fresh blueberries.

I know, I know, you’re tired of hearing about how delicious they are.

Take a peek instead? :)

(1/3 C. ww flour, 2 tbsp. oat bran, 1/2 c. blueberries, 1/3 C. unsweetened coconut milk, a dash of salt, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 Splenda packet)

Yes, these were totally worth getting up an extra half hour early to make.

 Okay…this daily devotional really hit home.  You see, it isn’t easy living at home as a 22-year-old, after having lived in an apartment on your own.  Schedules conflict, bathroom time has to be shared, cooking is limited, and heads butt, but overall, I need to remember how important it is to God that I respect & honor my parents. 

After a rush of certifications to process at work in the morning, it was nearing noon quickly, and since the weather has been so gorgeous lately, I couldn’t help but want to be outside. 

After a quick stroll around the capitol, it was time to dig into the lunchbox.

Any guesses?  I’ll save you the trouble…I was reading in my new book, “Must’ve Been Something I Ate” that kelp noodles are SUPER for thyroid health. 

 So, I gave them a whirl at the beach using Elise’s avocado/pea concoction, but Monica’s thai peanut noodles sounded good, too! 

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 C. peanut flour
  • 1 tsp. siracha (depending how hot you like it)
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • a sprinkle of chili powder
  • water to thin

You just rinse the kelp noodles, microwave them for 1 min, and then add the sauce!  Mine were accompanied by steamed broccoli. Thanks for the idea, Monica (my favorite red-headed Mexican ;))

Lunch dessert was fresh watermelon (unpictured).

Getting back into my routine, means returning to my Insane Abs DVD & Ab Ripper X, but also outdoor basketball, which I couldn’t be happier about.

942 calories burned; max hr 183 – DANG.

After my little shenanigans on the basketball court, I came home to a house full of people and a grilled feast on the deck courtesy of Momma & Poppa FF.

My plate was chock full of nutrients and deliciousness.  Squash, zucchini, roasted red potatoes, yellow and red pepper, onion, mushrooms, and grilled chicken breast. 

We each made our own little foil packets and I was quite proud of mine!

Everyone had a wonderful time just hanging out and enjoying the sunshine.  To me, grilling and cookouts were made for summer.

My Momma is such a cutie pie.  I’m a little jealous of her tan, too, as mine has faded immensely since our return home from the beach!

I also made a protein shake for dessert, with the last of my ABOUT TIME protein packets *tear*.  It looked the same as all of those other green smoothies on blogs, so I’ll spare you the picture.

Two question Tuesday time:

What has been your favorite adventure this summer? 

What summer foods are your favorite?

XO.

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